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Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate by Sister Helen Prejean
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The Two Way: Arizona Execution of Inmate Takes Nearly Two Hours
The Arizona case described in The Two Way from NPR where it took over 2 hours to execute an Arizona man may just spark another National debate about the Death Penalty.
In 1982, Sister Helen Prejean became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers who was sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison. In the months before Sonnier’s death, the Roman Catholic nun came to know a man who was as terrified as he had once been terrifying. At the same time, she came to know the families of the victims and the men whose job it was to execute him—men who often harbored doubts about the rightness of what they were doing.Out of that dreadful intimacy comes a profoundly moving spiritual journey through our system of capital punishment. Confronting both the plight of the condemned and the rage of the bereaved, the needs of a crime-ridden society and the Christian imperative of love, Dead Man Walking is an unprecedented look at the human consequences of the death penalty, a book that is both enlightening and devastating.
Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton
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Here & Now: The Reset with Russia Worked
on Point: Hilary Clinton
Airtalk: Hilary Clinton on Gaza, ‘Hard Choices’ and being Called a 20th Century Candidate
Fresh Air: The Hilary Clinton Interview
Morning Edition: Clinton Sought ‘Tougher Deal,’ But Won’t Second-Guess Bergdahl Swap
Morning Edition: Clinton Uses ‘Hard Choices’ Book Tour to Steer Message About Benghazi
Newscut from MPR News: Terry Gross v. Hillary Clinton
NPR’s It’s All Politics: Hard Sell For ‘Hard Choices’ Says Hillary’s Running In 2016
The Daily Circuit: Clinton’s coming, so let’s talk politics
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America’s 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future.
Secretary Clinton’s descriptions of diplomatic conversations at the highest levels offer readers a master class in international relations, as does her analysis of how we can best use “smart power” to deliver security and prosperity in a rapidly changing world—one in which America remains the indispensable nation.
The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henriquez
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Dinner Party Download: Cristina Herriquez Gets to Know America
The Leanard Lopate Show: The Book of Unknown Americans
The Take Two: A Novel about the Immigration Story
Cristina Henríquez’s powerful novel The Book of Unknown Americans captures readers with the quiet beauty of her characters and their profoundly wrought experiences as immigrants in America. The story takes place in a run-down apartment building in Delaware, home to nine families who arrived in the States from various South and Central American countries, each looking to better the lives of the next generation. In alternating chapters, these men and women share stories of how their adopted country has left its mark on them, for better and worse. The close bond that develops between the Rivera and Toro families drives the novel forward, particularly the relationship between their children Mayor and Maribel, as closely held secrets and feelings of guilt, love, hope and despair are unpacked with warmth and compassion. With her cast of “unknown Americans,” Henriquez has crafted a novel that is inspiring, tragic, brave and above all, unforgettable
Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78 rpm Records by Amanda Petrusich
NPR: History in the Groove
Soundcheck: Chasing the Rarest 78 rpm’s
A celebration of 78rpm record subculture reveals the growing value of rare records and the determined efforts of their collectors and archivists, drawing on historical research and preserver interviews to explore the music of blues artists who have been lost to the modern world.
How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg
All Things Considered: ‘How Not to be Wrong’ in Math Class? Add a dose of Skepticism
Wisconsin Public Radio: How Not To Be Wrong
Weekend Edition: Tracking the World’s Most Famous Unread Books
How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.
How to Win Friends & Influence People: The Only Book You Need to Lead You to Success by Dale Carnegie
This American Life: How To Win Friends
For more than sixty years the rock-solid, time-tested advice in this book has carried thousands of now famous people up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
Now this previously revised and updated bestseller is available in trade paperback for the first time to help you achieve your maximum potential throughout the next century! Learn:
* Three fundamental techniques in handling people
* The six ways to make people like you
* The twelve ways to win people to you way of thinking
* The nine ways to change people without arousing resentment
The Director: A Novel by David Ignatius
NPR: 'Night Heron' And 'The Director' Provide A Double Shot Of Intrigue
Morning Edition: ‘The Director’ Offers a Glimpse into the Digital Underground
The Diane Rehm Show: David Ignatius’ ‘Director’
In David Ignatius’s gripping new novel, spies don’t bother to steal information…they change it, permanently and invisibly.
Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid in a dirty T-shirt walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. This is the moment a CIA director most dreads.
Magnificent Vibration: A Novel by Rick Springfield
Weekend Edition: Rick Springfield on Divorce, God and the Loch Ness Monster
Horacio Cotton, a.k.a. Bobby, is a 30-something-year-old man, whose life is in shambles. He’s so desperate, he steals a self-help book called “Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose.” When he opens the book, he finds a 1-800-number for God, or ‘Big G, little O-D” as he calls him. So, of course, he picks up the phone and dials, who wouldn’t? From there, a fantastical, saucy and soul searching tale unfolds. Rick Springfield, yes, the musician Rick Springfield, is the author behind this whirlwind of a tale. You may remember Rick as Dr. Noah Drake from the soap opera “General Hospital,” or maybe his hit song ‘Jesse’s Girl.’.
Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty by Diane Keaton
on Point: Diane Keaton Muses on Beauty
All Things Considered: Aging Film Star Reflects on Aging
From Academy Award winner and bestselling author Diane Keaton comes a candid, hilarious, and deeply affecting look at beauty, aging, and the importance of staying true to yourself—no matter what anyone else thinks.Diane Keaton has spent a lifetime coloring outside the lines of the conventional notion of beauty. In Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, she shares the wisdom she’s accumulated through the years as a mother, daughter, actress, artist, and international style icon. This is a book only Diane Keaton could write—a smart and funny chronicle of the ups and downs of living and working in a world obsessed with beauty.
Then Again by Diane Keaton - Diane Keaton reflects on her life, carreer and her relationship with her mother.
One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future by Ben Carson
MPR News Presents: Dr. Ben Carson
On Point: Dr Ben Carson
Retired Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson speaks at the National Press Club in Washington about his new book “One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future.” Dr. Carson was director of pediatric surgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital until he retired last year. Dr. Carson finished third, with 9 percent, in the 2016 Republican presidential straw poll conducted at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference.
The Last Kind Words Saloon: A Novel by Larry McMurtry
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All Things Considered: McMurty Takes Aim at a Legend In ‘Last Kind Words Saloon’
All Things Considered: McMurtry Loves the West but Kicks the Cowboy Off His High Horse
The triumphant return of Larry McMurtry with this ballad in prose: his heartfelt tribute to a bygone era of the American West.
Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.
The Snow Queen: A Novel by Michael Cunningham
All Things Considered: In Cunningham’s latest, Powerful Language Makes up for Weak Plot
NPR: Michael Cunningham Re-Imagines ‘Snow Queen’
The Diane Rehm Show: Michael Cunningham “The Snow Queen’
Michael Cunningham’s newest novel is named after a fairytale, but the book “The Snow Queen,” is full of death, drugs and aging.
The Boy in His Winter: An American Novel by Norman Lock
Weekend Edition: Mark Twain’s Famous Outcasts Float Through three Centuries
NPR: Huck and Jim Ride the River of Time in ‘Boy in his Winter’
Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed - A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings by Michelle Knight
NPR: The Two Way - 3 Kindapped Cleveland Women Say ‘Thank you’
CBC: Finding Me: Michelle Knights Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
Wisconsin Public Radio: Kidnap Survivor Michelle Knight Speaks Out
One of notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro’s three victims shares the heartbreaking details of her abduction and decade-long captivity, and describes how she never lost hope for the future.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveilance State by Glenn Greenwald
Fresh Air: Greenwald On NSA Leaks: ‘We’ve Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution’
Morning Edition: Glenn Greenwald says NSA Believes It Should be Monitor All Communication
The World: Glenn Greenwald Says the Reaction to Snowden Leaks has been ‘Widely Better’ than Expected
Airtalk: Glenn Greenwald on News Ventures, The Intercept, Snowden Files and more
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security and information privacy. As the arguments rage on and the government considers various proposals for reform, it is clear that we have yet to see the full impact of Snowden’s disclosures.
Now for the first time, Greenwald fits all the pieces together, recounting his high-intensity ten-day trip to Hong Kong, examining the broader implications of the surveillance detailed in his reporting for The Guardian, and revealing fresh information on the NSA’s unprecedented abuse of power with never-before-seen documents entrusted to him by Snowden himself.
Going beyond NSA specifics, Greenwald also takes on the establishment media, excoriating their habitual avoidance of adversarial reporting on the government and their failure to serve the interests of the people. Finally, he asks what it means both for individuals and for a nation’s political health when a government pries so invasively into the private lives of its citizens—and considers what safeguards and forms of oversight are necessary to protect democracy in the digital age. Coming at a landmark moment in American history, No Place to Hide is a fearless, incisive, and essential contribution to our understanding of the U.S. surveillance state.